21st July – 5th of September 2016
The UK Parliament is an incredibly busy place when it is in session. However, there are often recesses throughout the year. From the 21st of July until the 5th of September, the Parliament was in its summer recess hence why, if you keep an eye on what Marion’s up to through the “This Week” feature, you’d have perhaps noticed no updates over the summer!
Of course, this doesn’t mean that the Motherwell & Wishaw MP has been sitting with her feet up in front the telly! Far from it – Marion has been incredibly busy over the past weeks working hard on casework in her Dalziel Building office, planning for the coming months back at Westminster, and being out and about in the constituency, talking to local people, assisting with issues, and meeting local charities, organisations, and businesses.
Here are some of the highlights from a busy summer back in North Lanarkshire:
Marion attended the Remembrance Day Service at the Civic Centre to pay tribute to and honour the Far East Prisoners of War. The war in the east was often forgotten about at home as it took place on the opposite side of the world but many prisoners of war were treated abominably in detention and died as a result of dehydration, starvation, disease and exhaustion.
The Motherwell & Wishaw MP had a great time at the Lanarkshire Police Fun Day during the summer. Our local police do a fantastic job of keeping our communities safe and it was a brilliant day for children and adults alike.
However, Marion wouldn’t recommend replicating her antics above if you bump into them in the street!
Marion was keen to drop by the new office of Richard Lyle MSP in Bellshill last month. Richard is the constituency MSP for Uddingston and Bellshill and, therefore, represents the part of Bellshill which Marion represents as an MP for Motherwell & Wishaw. It is important that MPs and MSPs work closely together when assisting constituents with their issues due to the way in which certain matters are devolved to the Scottish Parliament or reserved to Westminster.
Richard’s office can be found at 188 Main Street in Bellshill.
In August, Marion spent time meeting with Aleksandra Bartycha and Katarzyna Wawrzynczak of the fantastic free advice service Way to Independence. Both women currently live in Motherwell and have resided in Scotland for 10 years after moving from their native Poland.
The main task of Way to Independence is often to help people struggling to speak English deal with the likes of GP appointments and application forms. However, the charity offers information, advice and support on a range of matters to anyone in need. The charity also has links with Lanarkshire Deaf Club, with Way to Independence also specialising in helping those who communicate through sign language.
Aleksandra and Katarzyna are based in Evans Business Centre in Bellshill and can be contacted by telephone on 01698 743032 should you require any assistance.
Marion is very proud to represent such selfless people in our communities who are willing to put so much time and hard work into helping those who need it and looks forward to working closely with Way to Independence in the future.
Marion also visited Fir Park to find out more about the Motherwell Football Club Community Trust, meeting with Alison Wallace (pictured), who is the Trust’s Business & Administration Manager, and General Manager Dawn Middleton in what was a very fascinating and worthwhile couple of hours!
The work undertaken by the Community Trust is phenomenal, providing the constituency with services and projects involving education, health and well-being, employability, and much more. Marion found it incredibly interesting to hear of all the activities, groups, and classes the Trust runs on a regular basis for local people of all ages and all circumstances.
The people of Motherwell and Wishaw should be delighted that such an organisation exists within our community and the MP aims to provide whatever assistance she can to the Trust in the future.
To find out more, have a look at the Motherwell Football Club Community Trust’s website: http://mfccommunitytrust.org.uk/
Given Marion’s disappointment that CultureNL were pressing ahead with their closure of the Mossend Senior Citizens Centre as part of their wider closures plan, the MP met with Mossend SNP – who ran a campaign to save the Senior Citizens’ Centre – to see what help she can provide.
Marion heard first hand from them their disappointment that the Senior Citizens Centre had been left by the wayside, whilst other community facilities received the rebranding they needed to showcase their facilities.
The name above the door may have been changed to reflect the ability of the community to use the Centre but CultureNL have made no attempt to showcase what the facility has to offer. CultureNL have completely abdicated their responsibility to look at other options for facilities like the Mossend Senior Citizens Centre.
Members of the Mossend SNP said they wanted to see what they called a “Community Hall For All” and Marion wants to support them in that ambition.
The fact that local peoples voices are being ignored whilst CultureNL steamroll ahead with these proposals is outrageous. The Motherwell & Wishaw MP will continue to support those in our community who champion local services and local facilities that make our communities what they are.
Over 200 women, including the MP, attended the Sparkling Afternoon Tea at Dalziel Studios in Motherwell in early September. This annual event is organised by Kirsty McCourt and Lynsey McCallum, with the support of many local businesses.
As well as generous donations collected on the day for the local food bank, the event raised a whopping £3,300 to be split between The Joan MacGregor Matrimonial Fund and Les Hoey Dream maker Foundation. Well done to Kirsty, Lynsey and everyone involved in this fabulous event!
Nearing her return to London, Marion was honoured to be asked to open the annual Park Springs Nursing Home Autumn Fair. Attendees were entertained by Irish dancers, singers as well as a piper, which had the majority all jigging away!
So with a busy summer recess back home complete, it is back to Westminster for the Motherwell & Wishaw MP. Marion will continue to champion the interests of local people and local communities in Parliament and her constituency office continues to be available should you require any assistance whatsoever from your MP.